HoopsHype Ty Lawson rumors

April 10, 2013 Updates

Lawson (heel) has been sidelined since the March 27 game at San Antonio, when he was minus-19, scoring just two points on 1-for-7 shooting. He said he will have a better gauge Wednesday afternoon whether he can — or should — play that night at the Pepsi Center against the Spurs (57-20). Lawson has missed Denver's past four games. "I don't think he took many chances, but he did run up and down the court," Karl said. "He didn't seem like he was confident. Knowing Ty, he probably wouldn't try (overly aggressive play) until he's in the game. If he wants to play, I'd probably give him a 15- to 20-minute window." Denver Post

Twelve days had passed since his surgery to remove torn cartilage in his left knee. Taking to the Internet, World Peace did his own research to determine the fastest anyone had returned from a similar procedure. "I heard about the surgery . . . I went online," he said. "I read [one] week. I'm like, 'Oh, then I'm the [one] week kind of guy.'" World Peace couldn't cite his source, and while accuracy on the Internet could be shaky, he seemed satisfied. "It was documented," he assured reporters. Los Angeles Times

April 6, 2013 Updates

For the first time since being diagnosed with a plantar fascia tear in his right heel, Lawson did some light jogging and shooting Saturday. He has missed six of the past seven games. “It’s getting a little bit better,” he said. “The soreness is going down a lot. Just trying to get my wind back and get back to the feel of basketball.” NBA.com

The Nuggets continue to play well without their scoring and assist leader, but Lawson’s health will be key when Denver opens the postseason in two weeks. Ideally, he would like to return for the final two or three games of the regular season. “I think he should play (before the playoffs start),” Nuggets coach George Karl said. “It might not be 100 percent. He has to learn how to play when it’s 70 or 80 percent. Can we get 25 minutes a game out of him? You don’t want to determine that in the first two games of the playoffs.” NBA.com

April 2, 2013 Updates

“I think so,’’ Lawson said when asked if the Nuggets could beat the Heat for the title. “They beat us twice early in the year when we weren’t really in sync. We were still trying to find ourselves. So I feel like if we play them now it would be a better game and we could actually beat them.’’ Denver did give the Heat two good games in November, but lost 119-116 at Miami and 98-93 at home. So what makes Lawson think the Nuggets could turn the tide if the teams meet in the Finals? “Teamwork, and we could throw a lot of people at LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), and not just one person,’’ Lawson said. “We can throw (Andre) Iguodala and (Danilo Gallinari) and Corey Brewer and Wilson (Chandler). You can throw so many people at (them). And then we have so many weapons.’’ FOXSports Florida

March 29, 2013 Updates

On a team without stars, Ty Lawson is the one guy who makes the up-tempo Denver Nuggets offense go. The Nuggets announced Friday that Lawson has a plantar fascia tear in his right heel. He will miss Friday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Pepsi Center. The team reports that Lawson will not need surgery to repair the tear, and his injury status is currently listed as day-to-day. USA Today Sports

Karl doubts that Lawson, who has a strained left heel, will play Friday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the Pepsi Center. Lawson, who received treatment and has missed three of the last four games, was not available for comment. He played 20 minutes during the Nuggets' 100-99 loss at San Antonio on Wednesday, scoring only two points as he struggled without his usual quickness. "Seeing him today, I'd say he probably won't play tomorrow," Karl said Thursday after practice. Karl was asked if he's worried about the injury. "I'm worried because ... a fast player needs his feet," Karl said, then grinned. "If Kosta (Koufos) rolled his ankle, he'd probably be OK. Ty needs his speed to be great." Denver Post

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“In high school, he was a 6-11 shooter and he could dribble.” Lawson recalled. “I was like, ‘Man, it's going to be scary once he puts weight on and gets a post-up game.' That was my junior year. My senior year, he had post-up game. I think his first 15 points were off the post when we played him. I was thinking, ‘Man, he going to be scary good, one of the top players in the league.' He's showing that now.” Lawson has even bought into Nike's “KD IS NOT NICE” promotion. “KD has grown a lot,” Lawson said. “He does have a mean streak now. Back when he was younger, he'd get bumped and he wouldn't say too much. Now, he has a mean streak. That comes with him growing up and becoming a leader. The greats also had a mean streak, like MJ (Michael Jordan), Kobe (Bryant) and everybody like that. It's good that he's getting that.” Oklahoman

Last October, Lawson agreed to a four-year, $48-million contract extension with Denver that begins next season. Durant is in the second season of a five-year maximum deal that will pay him roughly $94 million through 2015-16. “I'm happy that he signed his deal, I'm happy that he's playing well in Denver and he's always going to remain a friend,” Durant said. Oklahoman

March 8, 2013 Updates

It also took longer for Lawson to emerge as a vocal leader because there were so many vocal veterans on the team when he first came on board. “Yeah, definitely,” Lawson explained. “When I was a rookie you had Kenyon Martin, J.R (Smith), Carmelo and Chauncey .. you really didn’t want to say too much. I feel like if I would’ve said anything they would’ve been looking at me like ‘oh, that’s just Ty.’ Now I feel like I’m in a position where I can talk and be more vocal.” HoopsWorld

March 7, 2013 Updates

Do you believe the Nuggest can win a championship this year? Ty Lawson: “Yeah. I was talking to (Andre) Iguodala a couple of days ago and I was like ‘man we can really win a championship if everybody is mature and gets serious about the game plan.’ Because sometimes you just do stuff that is out of the ordinary or just, we don’t pay attention or if we get up 15 points we just shoot regular shots or see if ‘I can make it shots’ and teams come back. If we just stay focused, I feel like we can beat and run with any team in the NBA. We would have a shot to win a championship but we just have to do that for a seven game series. That’s what I feel and I think a lot of people on our team feel the same way. We just have to get everything together down the stretch.” Sports Radio Interviews

On not getting the attention they feel they deserve: “I feel like we are the dark horse always and I don’t think we get a lot of shine in the NBA or from the announcers on ESPN or anything like that anyway. We went on a ten game winning streak and didn’t hear too much about it. That’s how it’s been. We have to accept it and prove everybody wrong like we have been.” Do you think the Lakers will make the playoffs? “Of course.” Sports Radio Interviews

March 4, 2013 Updates

Monta Ellis of the Milwaukee Bucks and and the Denver Nuggets' Ty Lawson were named Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 25 through Sunday, March 3. Ellis led the Bucks to a 3-0 week with averages of 24 points (sixth in the conference), 9 assists (fourth in the conference) and a league-leading 5 steals. Ellis had back-to-back six-steal games in road victories vs. the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 26, and the Houston Rockets on Feb. 27. In the win vs. the Rockets, Ellis, who led all scorers with 27 points, hit an off-balance three-pointer just before the final buzzer to secure the win. USA Today Sports

February 20, 2013 Updates

Yet amid all of those talks, sources say, Jennings has moved alongside Larry Sanders and John Henson on the Bucks’ list of near-untouchables. This is despite Jennings’ widely presumed desire to leave Milwaukee in free agency this summer after failing to seal a contract extension in October like fellow point guards Jrue Holiday, Steph Curry and Ty Lawson and then changing agents earlier this month. ESPN.com

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"I'm being more aggressive and just trusting my game," Lawson said. "I was probably listening (too much) to some people about when to take shots, when to drive and stuff like that. Right now I'm just playing my game, thinking about how I was playing in high school, how I was just going off re- action instead of thinking about what other people want me to do." Denver Post

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